How ‘Closed’ Homicide Case Data Can Mislead

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The Baltimore police rate of closed homicides stands at about 49 percent for the year, but that doesn't mean half of this year's killings have been solved. About one-quarter of killings this year have resulted in handcuffs and charges against a suspect. The rest of the cases closed are killings that occurred in previous years and for which a suspect was only arrested this year. The total also includes cases where no one was arrested at all . . .

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